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Helmet campaign has brought down fatalities, says Nataraj

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A DANCE TO PROMOTE SAFETY: A group of students from Sruthilaya Vidhyalaya presenting a cultural programme on wearing helmets. Photo: R.Shivaji Rao
A DANCE TO PROMOTE SAFETY: A group of students from Sruthilaya Vidhyalaya presenting a cultural programme on wearing helmets. Photo: R.Shivaji Rao

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Exnora organises road safety programme

CHENNAI: There has been a considerable decrease in the number of deaths of two-wheeler riders in the city last year, said R. Nataraj, Greater Chennai Police Commissioner, here on Saturday.

Participating in a road safety programme organised by Exnora, Mr. Nataraj said in the year before last, 240 two-wheeler riders died in road accidents and their number had come down to 165 in 2005. Similarly, the number of fatal accidents also had come down last year. The systematic campaign on the importance of wearing helmet, which was taken up by the City Traffic Police last year, helped in reducing the fatalities, Mr. Nataraj said.

He said many school children rode two-wheelers even before they were eligible to obtain a licence. The principals in some of the city schools were not even aware of the eligibility criteria, he lamented.

The city has a two-wheeler population of 17 lakhs, which is increasing day by day and the City Traffic Police's strength is 3,000 personnel. So, the motorists and other road users should extend their cooperation in reducing road accidents, he said. Mr. Nataraj presented prizes to regular helmet wearers.

Earlier, a group of children from Sruthilaya Vidhyalaya, Anna Nagar, using popular Tamil film songs, performed a variety entertainment programme, on the need for wearing helmet.

M.B. Nirmal, founder, Exnora, Sulochana Ramaseshan, president, Exnora, participated.

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